Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.
Former Minister of Justice's Party Goes After Bulgartabac
Heidelberg, Germany -
Early today activists from "Yes, Bulgaria" stormed Bulgartabac's headquarters. Bulgartabac, which has a complete monopoly over all Bulgarian cigarettes on the market, "woke up" with the sign on its entrance saying something different than its name. Activists had managed to cover the original name of the company with a sticker saying "CONTRABANTABAC Corruption without frontiers".
"Yes, Bulgaria" was founded by Hristo Ivanov - a former Minister of Justice. This grotesque act of vandalism was also perfectly timed, given that today Ivanov filed a query to the Parliament. The query is regarding a recent report by the Turkish Agency for the fight against organized crime and corruption a.k.a KOM. KOM's report states that products of Bulgartabac are one of the prime causes for contraband in Turkey. The report states that Bulgartabac products have the biggest share of the Turkish black market for tobacco products.
Ivanov's party claims that it has tried on multiple occasions to get the government's attention on this matter. However, nobody seems to really care. Ivanov's party claims that the report has even been confirmed by Interpol. The State's Attorney said that he is willing to investigate into the matter (by matter he means the authenticity of the report, not its statements). If the report is as serious as Ivanov claims, this will open a major discussion on corruption and anti-corruption laws in Bulgaria.